During 2010 the Office of Fair Trading received more than 13,000 complaints about rogue door step traders who had called at the homes of vulnerable people unannounced and tried to sell them goods or services. Often they would tell them they needed urgent building work carried out, demanded a large sum of cash, and even offered to drive their victim to the bank or wait at their home while they withdrew the money.
From The Guardian: Adult social care accounts for about 40-50% of council spending, and as spending cuts deepen, it is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain levels of service as demand for care rises.
Many councils have increased charges for some care services – the Guardian survey of council cuts found 23 of the 42 councils that answered the question have introduced new charges or raised existing payments for some adult care services.
The government is currently consulting on changes to social care that are likely to see a uniform national threshold of care set at "substantial" needs by 2015. But some councils warn that without reform of social care funding they will soon be forced to restrict services to critical only – with potentially devastating effects.
BIG – The Big Lottery Fund has two new initiatives aimed to improve the lives of vulnerable, older people in the UK. Up to £6m will be available between now and 2015 and 100 local authorities are being invited to submit an expression of interest for funding. Closing date is 17th May 2013.
Answer : Not at the present time. There is however The Institute of Professional Will Writers which is a self regulatory body covering England Wales and Northern Ireland. The organisation was established in 1991 and you can see their criteria for membership and continued membership at: www.ipw.org.uk
There is a growing movement for regulation in the industry and organisations such as the The Law Society and The Institute of Professional Will Writers believe this would be good and is necessary.
Local, trustworthy & reliable tradesmen, operating to Government endorsed standards. TrustMark is a not for profit organisation, licensed by Government and supported by consumer protection groups.
TrustMark approved tradesmen - key benefits:
TrustMark is a quality mark which operates a framework under which 30 plus scheme operators work in the RMI (repair, maintenance and improvement) sector, including trade associations, local government trading standards teams, and independent scheme operators. These schemes are approved to carry the TrustMark logo and recruit reputable and trustworthy tradesmen. This enables the TrustMark scheme operators to promote improved RMI sector standards, and tackle related issues such as better enforcement. All of these scheme operators are audited annually by TrustMark, to ensure processes, standards and complaint procedures are being maintained.
What makes selecting TrustMark tradesmen so worthwhile?
When employing a TrustMark tradesman always check they are 'licensed' for all the trades / work you are asking them to carry out. This can be done by looking on our website by searching under the 'trade' then 'their company name' and finally 'more information' - you will then see a list of the 'only' trades that the firm is licensed for under the protection and standards offered by TrustMark: www.trustmark.org.uk
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Angela Gifford, Director
Able Community Care Ltd.